
Group 5  Mathematics
Aims
The aims of each of the courses in Group 5 are to enable students to:
 appreciate the international dimensions of mathematics and the multiplicity of its cultural and historical perspectives;
 foster enjoyment from engaging in mathematical pursuits, and to develop an appreciation of the beauty, power and usefulness of mathematics;
 develop logical, critical and creative thinking in mathematics;
 develop mathematical knowledge, concepts and principles;
 employ and refine the powers of abstraction and generalisation;
 develop patience and persistence in problemsolving;
 have an enhanced awareness of, and utilise the potential of, technological developments in a variety of mathematical contexts;
 communicate mathematically, both clearly and confidently, in a variety of contexts.
Mathematics – Standard Level
 Enable the student to develop a sound basis of mathematical skills and knowledge in order to facilitate the further study of mathematically related subjects. This mathematics is of an equivalent standard to VCE Mathematical Methods.
Mathematics – Higher Level
 Enable the student to develop a sound basis of mathematical skills and knowledge in order to facilitate the further study of mathematics. This is the most demanding IB mathematics course offered by Carey.
Mathematical Studies (Standard Level)
 Enable the student to develop a sound basis of mathematical skills and knowledge in order to facilitate the further study of mathematically related subjects. This is the least demanding of the IB mathematics courses.
Objectives
In all Group 5 courses students are expected to:
 know and use mathematical concepts and principles;
 read and interpret a given problem in appropriate mathematical terms;
 organise and present information/data in tabular, graphical and/or diagrammatic forms;
 know and use appropriate notation and terminology;
 formulate a mathematical argument and communicate it clearly;
 select and use appropriate mathematical techniques;
 understand the significance and reasonableness of results;
 recognise patterns and structures in a variety of situations and draw inductive generalisations;
 demonstrate an understanding of, and competence in, the practical applications of mathematics;
 use appropriate technological devices as mathematical tools.
